7 Elegant and Sophisticated Luxury Trains in the World
October 15, 2020
Trains are more than just transportation for humans, they are dream makers. A subject of many films, to enter inside is a whole different experience. Since the beginning of time, the design and maintenance of trains have been given great consideration. Trains are created intimately and with utmost comfort, functionality and speed in mind.
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The Venice Simplon- Orient Express is one of the loveliest trains in the world. It takes passengers across Europe, but not only that they also allow you to travel back in time. It has polished wood, sumptuous upholstery and antique fixtures. The train is the epitome of glamour and elegance
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is the most storied set of carriages in the world. It promises to take you not just across Europe, but to transport you back in time. With its polished wood, sumptuous upholstery and antique fixtures, the train epitomises the glamour and elegance of the Golden Age of travel.
Venice Simplon-Orient Express would make you want to travel over and over again. It is truly an iconic train, while onboard you will receive an excellent service with delicious lunch accompanied by Bellini cocktails. You will travel on a comfortable coach through the Channel tunnel, and have a brief stop over at the Eurotunnel terminal where you can explore the World Duty free shop, and cafes.
Passengers are assigned a steward who will wait on them and serve champagne during the trip. A Maitre’d will arrive to ask what is the passengers preferred dinner. Expect to be served delightful food and wine during your trip.
Most people in the train wear their evening dress, and some even ride the train wearing a period dress, which heightens the experience of the trip. The Belmond is very particular with the dress code of passengers, they stress the importance of it. This is what sets this train apart from other trains. It will transport you back to a period of elegance in beautiful surroundings and you are sure to return again.
The Presidential Train
Getting a ticket for the Presidential Train means getting a 9-hour journey aboard the Portugues Presidential Train. Passengers are served a 4 course gourmet degustation menu prepared by a Michelin Star Chef. It also comes with wine harmonization, 1 cabin sit that can be shared with 2 or 6 passengers. 1 lunch seat in one of the restaurant carriages and an exclusive access to the Quinta do Vesúvio.
Passengers will also enjoy bar with live music while aboard and during the return trip. A delightful afternoon tea, a collection book signed by the Chef, an exclusive gift bag and special rates to their partner hotels.
This magnificent Portuguese Presidential train has already hosted Kings, Presidents, Heads of State and Popes for over a century. It was built in the 1890, and served the court of King D. Luis I as the Portuguese Royal Train. It has already carried Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Paul VI. In 2010, this emblematic train was restored to life, it was refurbished and became even more luxurious while retaining some of the original furnishing and style. It is considered by the National Railway Museum as one of the most important piece of railway history.
Eastern & Oriental Express
The Eastern & Oriental Express is a luxury train that carries passengers to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The route includes Singapore’s Woodlands Train Checkpoint, Hua Lamphong, Bangkok, a stop at Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and Kanchanaburi. The trip takes 3 days and 2 nights. In 2007 the train has travelled between Bangkok and Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.
Passengers are welcomed at the Raffles Hotel with a Singapore Sling at the beginning of the journey. The Eastern Oriental train has a beautiful and nostalgic feel to it. A steward is assigned for passengers, she will be the one to take care of you during the whole trip. The train offers an impressive variety of meals with beautiful presentation and attention to detail. You will eat food that is cooked by a master Chef.
The table setting is divine with silver cutlery and nice crystal glasses that is sure to make your dining experience complete. You will also get the chance to enjoy your afternoon tea time, along with an extra brunch breakfast that is offered at the Restaurant wagon. After eating, you can spend time on the Observation deck and see a stunning sunrise in Thailand, or whatever country you are currently in.
Arrive in Malaysia and meet local people, taste the delicious chicken puffs offered by village ladies. You can also decide to take a short market visit and see the cooking class on the boat in Kanchanaburi. The cabins inside the train is really spacious. It is a little bit challenging to use the bathroom when you are having a shower, but that is the part of the fun experience while inside the train.
Belmond Andean Explorer | Luxury Train Travel in Peru
The Belmond Andean Explorer train trip is truly something special. It is a 3-day train journey that begins in Cusco and ends in Arequipa. The train is co-owned by the luxury Belmond Hotel group and the Peru Rail. The train was built in Queensland, Australia.
Passengers are treated with in house entertainment, with musicians and dancers present on the Cusco station platform along with refreshments. The train travels on a special dedicated line with a speed sign from 60 to 85mpm. It is all first class, sleeper train with 22 carriages including two dining carriages, a Piano Bar carriage, a Galley Carriage and an Observation Deck at the back of the train.
Champagne and nibbles are served inside the train. While the cabins consists of two single beds, a tiny bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin, along with fresh toiletries. Passengers are given a box of postcards, envelopes, and a Belmond Andean Explorer Directory.
Riding the train means getting a glimpse of incredible mountains, of people working in the fields, spectacular river views, volcanic peaks and animals in the field grazing. Passengers also get to see the archeological site of Raqchi, La Raya on the border of Cusco country and Puna. You will find yourself in the middle of nowhere with snow on the mountaintops as your background.
The train journey also includes a late night stop to see the night sky constellations, with a last stop at a steep climb down at the Sambay Caves where guests can see cave paintings existing for thousands of years which were created by the first humans to live in the Peruvian highlands. Hiking sticks are also provided by the train. Everything about the experience is well thought out.
All of the meals are to be taken in a formal sit down, the foot is definitely fit for a King and a Queen!
Maharaja Express | Luxury Train Tour
The Maharaja’s Express was given the ” World’s Leading Luxury Train” Award at the World Travel Express for 7 consecutive years from 2012 to 2018. It exudes a luxury travel experience with a rich cultural experience with fabled destinations in Incredible India.
You can spend 6 days aboard the Maharaja’s Express. Passengers can take the Heritage of India Tour on your first trip, take the deluxe cabin on a budget, and the junior cabin if you can afford to splurge a little bit more. The cabins are small but just enough for the needs of the trip.
There is a bar where guests can order refreshments. Food and drinks are also included, and the staff will recommend the desirable venues for you to check so you will not be lost. When traveling by train its good to bring in some earplugs and sleeping tablets so it won’t be difficult to sleep especially when the train tracks are laid on sand.
This train is for the bold and the adventurous, you cannot expect it to be as comfortable as other luxury trains in the world, but it does give you a creative experience you cannot find elsewhere. Passengers get to experience the Panorama tour that goes to all the best parts of India. With romance in your heart, you are sure to fall in love with India.
There are some evenings where guests are offered the ” Indian evening” event where passengers can wear traditional outfits in India. The best part is that you can keep the dress after the event is done. During this trip you will witness the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Amber Fort which are all awe-inspiring.
Pride of Africa by Rovos Rail
The Pride of Africa Luxury train is so premium, ithas a private platform where passengers are treated like royalty. You can book a Royal suit and experience a soothing bath inside the train.
The Rovos Rail offers an effortless style, passengers are going to enjoy the lovely lounges where they can wait in and arrive at. The train also offers a variety of good meals, incredible wine pairings, a classic warm and friendly service plus a stylish experience. It is a slow train travel, but it is worth it, you can meet the guests and have a lovely chit chat with them. Guests can dress up for the experience so there is a feeling of refined elegance.
The standard cabins are snug, but contained everything that passengers need. The itinerary is interesting and varied, and having the crew wave at you while you are going off, and welcome us back each day, is sure to be a delightful experience. The dinners are splendid plus the Royal suite is air conditioned and has a full-size bathtub with a separate shower in the bathroom, and passengers can also enjoy the Zimbabwe safari drive as a plus!
Glacier Express | Switzerland Luxury Train
Switzerland is a wonder in itself, which is why taking luxury trains like the Glacier Express is just icing on the cake. The train offers excellent food and wine. The Glacier Express also has extremely comfortable seats and iPad real-time journey information. Passengers can also access the Glacier Bar with the compass ceiling.
This luxury train trip is a time for you to relax and unwind. Get some good ideas because of the stunning views of the Alps, of old wooden villages, beautiful landscape and old railway infrastructure as well as the many bridges that you will pass by. It will take the passengers to the cradle of ski tourism in Switzerland which is the St. Moritz to Zermatt home of the breathtaking Matterhorn.